Fresh Fruit May Reduce Diabetes, Complications Risk
There's no doubt that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is an important part of a healthy diet, but many people with diabetes avoid fresh fruit because of its high sugar content. New research suggests that may be a mistake.
For the study, which was recently published in PLOS Medicine, researchers examined the health effects of eating fresh fruit in 500,000 people both with and without diabetes in China. Study participants, who ranged in age from 30 to 79, were followed for approximately seven years. Over the course of the study, 9,504 people developed diabetes.
Study results showed that people without diabetes at the start of the study whose diet included high amounts of fresh fruit had a significantly lower risk of developing diabetes than those who ate little fruit. In addition, people with diabetes at the start of the study who ate plenty of fresh fruit had a lower risk of developing cardiovascular complications and a lower risk of dying from any cause.
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